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Old 05-10-2012, 10:21 AM   #40
Chris Li
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Re: Masters of the Universe, the Aikikai and the Shihan Certification

J�rgen Jakob Friis wrote: View Post
well.. just looking at the list of teachers at the hombu dojo I can see two 6th dans that are not titled shihan ( so it's not AUTOMATICALLY given to anyone who reaches 6th dan. I know of a few other examples as well.
You can see in Tani's note that he makes a distinction between the title as used internally in hombu and outside of hombu.

This is the problem - the discriminatory effect occurs, in large part, because the Aikikai does not implement clear system wide policies.

J�rgen Jakob Friis wrote: View Post
The main influence in Denmark right now is our annual visit from Arisou sensei. He's a 7th dan and - at least to my knowledge - he has never been given the title of Shihan. In my book it dosen't matter. He's a great guy and I can certainly learn a lot from him.
Since he's teaching in Japan he's considered to be a shihan automatically - he doesn't need to be given anything, which is just the point.

J�rgen Jakob Friis wrote: View Post

In my point of view it's more of a shame when people start their own styles and liniage in order to hand out titles and dan-levels to themselves. It seems so vain and full-of-yourself-ish, and cutting corners is just not very 'aiki' if you ask me.

If you want to start you own thing then by all means - but why then adopt the japanese system of kyu/dan and certifications and titles anyway?
Nobody said anything about handing anything out on their own....but I'd point out that the above is just exactly what Morihei Ueshiba did.

J�rgen Jakob Friis wrote: View Post
So.. I guess we just have to agree to disagree. I see it of far less of a problem, and I don't perceive the relationship between aikidoists around the world and aikikai as a business relation. It's just how the world is. Sure there are probably misunderstandings and favourism some places in our world-organisation. This happens everywhere. The good thing is that I believe it is being less of a problem with each generation.
It's not about business, it's about fairness - which ought to apply in most relationships.



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